WA Supreme Court on domestic violence, 2017-2019 Gault Fellowship, Legal Checkup for Veterans.

Supreme Court recognizes harm to children exposed to domestic violence – parents can petition for Protection OrdersNJP Logo

The scourge of family and intimate partner violence plagues every community and causes long-term physical and emotional injuries to victims and children. Despite strong legislative safeguards, judges across the state have been unwilling to grant the full protections of the Domestic Violence Prevention Act (DVPA). NJP’s statewide campaign to ensure families and children receive the full protections of law resulted in several court rulings that dramatically improve protections for Washington families. For complete article click here.  

Due July 17: National Juvenile Defender Center: 2017-2019 Gault Fellowship

Application Due:  Monday, July 17, 2017

Recent law school graduates (Class of 2016 or 2017) are invited to apply for a two-year juvenile defense fellowship at the National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC) in Washington, D.C. starting in September 2017.

The Gault Fellowship is in honor of the U.S. Supreme Court case In re Gault. The Gault decision extended to children many of the same due process protections afforded to adults accused of crimes, including the right to counsel. Learn more and apply here.

New online tool helps veterans identify legal issues and take action to resolve them 

The American Bar Association, ARAG® legal insurance and CuroLegal announced the launch of a new online tool, Legal Checkup for Veterans. The free web-based application helps veterans identify legal needs in their lives – and provides them with straightforward suggestions and resources to help resolve their legal issues.

The online tool is part of a signature initiative by ABA President Linda Klein to improve legal services for veterans, and will complement other resources being developed by the ABA Veterans Legal Services Commission .

“Legal Checkup for Veterans is a much-needed tool that offers a necessary first step in solving this important group’s access to justice issues,” Klein said. “It provides veterans with free and fast help in identifying their legal needs and clear paths to resolution.” Further information here.